Collection

Five centuries of printing production enrich the bookshelves of Leimonos Library, which counts more than seventeen thousands of printed books. This number is growing continuously due to the fact that the library is enriched with new versions of books and scientific journals.
The cognitive subject of these publications covers a wide range of scientific fields, mainly Theology, History and Literature. The earlier versions are dated back to the beginning of 16th century. The library’s oldest printed form is Aristophane's comedies, published in Venice in 1498 A.D. As far as the publication mode is concerned, the scholars will find printed forms published in printing houses of Venice, Moscow, Alexandria, Vienna, Smyrna and other capitals of typography during the post-Byzantine era.
The self-evident importance of the library is proved from the quantity and the content of the books and is multiplied by the fact that there have been found some printed forms of particular rarity, for instance the speech of Pope Clemens the 11th about the birth of Christ titled: Sanctissimi Domini nostri Clementis XI Pont. Max homilia habita in Basilica S. Mariae ad Praefere die Natali Domini MDCCV. Graece redita a Demetrio Georgullio Peloponesio Collegi Graecorum de Urbe Alumno, published in Venice in 1706 A.D by Antonium Bartoli. Some more editions of Venice must be added, for example an Apostle of 1585 A.D, a Minaion of 1614 A.D, a Thesaurus of Damaskinos of 1526 A.D, a Minaion dated October 1755 A.D, a grand prayer book of 1770 A.D, a Minaion dated December 1777 A.D, a historical book of 1778 A.D which belonged to the Eparch of Monemvasia Dorotheus and an Anthology of 1780 A.D. the monastery’s archive also hosts the library’s operative rules that were compiled by the scholar abbot Cuprianus and were certified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.